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Summary:

As someone who has played with the betas of the iPhone 3.0 OS, I was excited to see the availability of tethering that would allow me to share the internet connection between my iPhone and my Mac. With 3.0 around the corner, the feature is coming, but not in the United States.

iPhone Supports Tethering

As someone who has played with the betas of the iPhone 3.0 OS, I was excited to see the availability of tethering that would allow me to share the Internet connection between my iPhone and my Mac. With 3.0 around the corner, the feature is coming, but not in the United States.

Wired or Wireless?

Tethering works via Bluetooth for wireless connectivity or via your dock connector and USB cable (which also conveniently charges your iPhone at the same time). Once you pair your devices and turn the feature on, there’s no more setup. Plus, you can still send and receive data and make phone calls on your device while it is tethered! Tethering is not a feature specific to the new iPhone 3G S and will run on both Macs and PCs.

Extra Fees

Apple is working with different carriers independently to work out plans for tethering options. At the moment, Apple has announced over 20 carriers that will support tethering, including bharti, Telefonica, Tim, Hutchinson Telecom, ‘yes’ Optus, Orange, TeliaSonera, true move, maxis, Rogers, SFR, O2, SingTel, T-Mobile, Turkcell, Glove, Vodafone, VimpelCom, Luxgsm, Chunghwa Telecom, Telkomsel and Telenor. Most carriers will be announcing specific pricing for this feature that is unique to them. Across the pond, O2 in the UK is offering a package based on the amount of data used with options at 3GB for 14.68 pounds ($23.45) per month and 10GB for 29.36 pounds per month.

No Love for the U.S.?

AT&T, mysteriously absent from the aforementioned list, is not allowing tethering on its 3G network in the United States. While tethering disappeared from recent betas, the underground community brought support back through jailbreaking. It’s reasonable to assume that, while AT&T has not announced pricing or plans for tethering, it will still be possible to tether in the United States either via jailbreaking or via a future deal announced by Apple and AT&T.

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  1. 20+ vendors to support iPhone tethering, but not AT&T. We’re not helpless. Vote with your wallet.

    1. Hate to break it to all you poor US citizens but Australia has 5 iPhone Apple authorized phone carriers Optus(Singtel), Telstra(Government Carrier), Vodaphone, 3ThreeNetwork and VirginMobile

      Apple was in exclusive talks with 1 carrier before iphone 3g launch but was forced to consider other carriers after the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)gov body responsible for company policing informed them it is illegal under anticompetitive laws to force consumers to only one carrier although carriers are aloud to lock the phones to their networks they must allow customers to be able to unlock the phones at a cost or 6months from activation at no cost

      Use your power to convince your gov to make them let you choose your carrier its wrong!

  2. help me out here, i’m kind of slow. tethering is available outside the US because ATT, the sole carrier for iPhone, is backwards. the list of companies mentioned in the article are all outside the US and gladly offer this service for a charge. those of us though in the US will have to wait until ATT “allows” us this feature? am i understanding this correctly, or will other networks allow us to pay them to tether as a feature of the new iPhone OS (not the ATT contract)?

  3. We will be able to tether once AT&T allows it. Expect it to be a big charge…your laptop gobbles up more bandwidth than your iPhone, and I suspect that the charge for tethering with rival that of a USB stick modem…around $60. I am very disappointed by this…

  4. That is crap! I love the iphone and I tout its features and coolness but if it does not allow teathering soon then I am going to throw it in the garbage!

    1. So can you please give me your address so that when you throw away your iPhone I can go through your garbage?! lol

  5. Very disappointed that tethering will not be a part of this release. Getting impatient with AT&T…might make the switch when Apple opens up to more wireless carriers.

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  7. Salmundsen

    You will only be able to tether your iPhone to your specific carrier ie if you are in the UK (like I am) you would use and o2 plan. If you are in the US you cannot tether yet as AT+T do no support it (officially). AT+T are only the SOLE iPhone carrier in teh US not the world.The other netowrks may allow you to use the service if you come to Europe but tbh I doubt AT+T would allow agreements with other carriers when abroad.
    Just my two cents/pennies.

    Marto

  8. Chris Judkins Tuesday, June 9, 2009

    Judging from all these articles, it would seem as if the U.S. has a pretty primitive cellular network. I’m glad that Apple still makes it possible for the iPhone to leverage the capabilities that many international carriers offer.

  9. Really want to make your voice heard? Write to our buddy Randall and let him know what you think.

    Randall Stephenson, AT&T CEO
    rs2982@att.com (direct)
    randall.stephenson@att.com
    phone: 210-351-5401 (direct to his secretary)
    fax 210-351-3553
    alternate phone: 210-821-4105 (headquarters, press 3, ask for Mr. Stephenson’s office)
    175 E. Houston
    San Antonio, TX 78205

    1. I wrote the CEO. This is ridiculous!

  10. Until other phone/carrier combinations in the US provide the same type of functions and cult following, ATT will abuse its monopoly by limiting our use of the network in order to prevent the upgrading that is so badly needed on its network. However, at the point that another phone/provider allows this, ATT will have lost its edge in the smart phone business and will feel the pain of its slow improvement model. I (for myself and for the ATT business) hope that they recognize this folly before it is too late.

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